NON-LEAGUE Frome Town have signed ex-Saints striker/wideman Jake Sinclair.

The Bath-based forward - younger brother of Aston Villa's Scott - was released from St Mary's during the summer.

The 21-year-old had joined Saints at the age of eight and made his first-team debut on August 27, 2013, at Barnsley in the Capital One Cup, going on as a 90th-minute substitute in a 5-1 second-round win.

In September last year he joined Scottish Championship outfit Hibernian on loan and returned to Saints in January.

Frome boss Nick Bunyard, whose side are currently in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division drop zone, said: "Jake has come out of the pro game with Saints and has ambitions to return to full-time football.

"The opportunity to sign him came by chance and was too good to turn down.

"I played with his dad and Rob Hobbs (Frome player) is best mates with his brother Scott.

"Jake is looking to get matches under his belt which will hopefully benefit us and him.

"He is a very sharp and technically gifted played but it is obviously a bit of a different environment than St Marys.

"He can play in several attacking positions so does give us more options going forward.

“Jake was on trial with Bristol Rovers but they didn’t offer him a deal and he’s still looking for a way back into full-time football.

“For us, it was a risk worth taking. It’s no skin off our nose if it doesn’t work out and maybe he’ll end up staying with us for the rest of the season.

“I think that he’d be looking to go to a club in League Two or the Conference, and they’re both tough, physical leagues."